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Files: Rupert Murdoch-linked pirate website targeted rivals

By Jamie Doward, The Observer Internet forums gave advice on how to hack into ITVDigital and cable television companies A computer piracy website, secretly supported by one of Rupert Murdoch’s companies, openly promoted advice on how to hack BSkyB’s rivals, according to documents obtained by the Observer. Emails obtained by this…

Revealed: Murdoch got secret go-ahead from Thatcher to buy The Times

Alan Travis, The Guardian A secret meeting between Rupert Murdoch and Margaret Thatcher cleared the way for News International to buy the Times and Sunday Times in 1981, Thatcher’s private files reveal. A long note – marked by her press secretary, Bernard Ingham, as “commercial in confidence” – of the…

Six arrested in Murdoch tabloid phone-hacking probe

Detectives investigating phone hacking at Rupert Murdoch’s News of the World arrested six people on Tuesday on suspicion of perverting the course of justice, London police said. Five men aged between 38 and 49 and one 43-year-old woman were arrested in dawn raids in London and other areas in southern…

James Murdoch steps down from News International amid hacking scandal

James Murdoch, son of billionaire media mogul Rupert Murdoch, has resigned his post as the top executive in charge of News International, the British publishing arm of News Corporation, according to The Associated Press. Murdoch had been embroiled in an increasingly heated hacking scandal after several News International properties were…

Murdoch’s ‘Sun’ newspaper found to be illegally paying sources

LONDON (Reuters) – Journalists at Britain’s Sun newspaper paid large sums of cash to corrupt public officials, aware the practice was criminal, an inquiry into press ethics heard on Monday, revelations that could prove damaging to Rupert Murdoch’s media empire. The police officer heading three criminal inquires centered on Murdoch’s…

Murdoch tweets support for Scotland independence

LONDON — Media tycoon Rupert Murdoch on Tuesday appeared to throw his weight behind Scotland’s independence bid, a move welcomed by Scottish First Minister and pro-independence campaigner Alex Salmond. The News Corporation chief, who is in London for the launch of The Sun on Sunday weekly newspaper, used micro-blogging site…

First Sun on Sunday to be printed next weekend

A new Sunday edition of Rupert Murdoch’s top-selling tabloid The Sun will hit the shelves this weekend, the paper said, seven months after the closure of its scandal-ridden sister title. “Rupert Murdoch said during his visit on Friday that a new Sunday title would be published ‘very soon’ – and that is a…

Murdoch flies in to meet with angry British staff

LONDON (Reuters) – Rupert Murdoch will address hostile journalists at his British newspaper arm Friday, many of them fearful after the recent arrests of senior staff at the mass-selling Sun tabloid over allegations of widespread criminality. Murdoch, who flew into Britain late Thursday, is expected to try and quell growing…

Murdoch’s Sun attacks police ‘witch-hunt’

Rupert Murdoch’s British tabloid The Sun on Monday condemned police raids against its journalists as a “witch-hunt” worthy of former communist states, and won rare support from rival newspapers. The Daily Telegraph and the Daily Mail, both non-Murdoch papers, also questioned the scale of the police operation after another fiveSun staff were arrested at the…

Murdoch ‘flying to London’ after Sun arrests

Rupert Murdoch will fly to London this week to meet journalists at The Sun after five senior staff at his flagship British tabloid were arrested over bribery allegations, sources said on Sunday. Publisher News International said Murdoch had given a “personal assurance” that The Sun would not face the same…

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